China Mobile invites bids to build first 3G network

20 Mar 2007

China Mobile has invited bids for contracts worth as much as CNY24 billion (USD3.1 billion) to build the country’s first commercial 3G network. The company has reportedly asked equipment makers such as Nokia and Ericsson to submit bids for the network, based on the homegrown TD-SCDMA standard. The winner will be asked to rollout the network ready for use by October, when the operator plans to trial services. The network will cover eight cities including Beijing and Shanghai.